Yes, she was an Australian institution and not just a brilliant artist but a great philanthropist too. Her work will live on and be admired for generations.
I too really like her work. I was so upset and angry when a presenter on a morning show said that her passing wasn't that sad because she was in her 80's, I changed the channel straight away.
The comment that I liked was, that she died as she lived, with paint on her hands, I hope she went peacefully. I really enjoyed looking at her paintings on your post.You're right, we can enjoy Margaret Olley without owning a painting. bee x